Prom season is here, and that means many teens will be driving on that special night. And of course, most will have smartphones in hand to capture the memories.
Kelly Starling of AT&T wants to remind young drivers during this, National Teen Safe Driving Month, to keep their eyes on the road, not on their phones while driving.
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According to AT&T research, many drivers today are snapping selfies, posting to social media, instagramming, even video chatting, all while behind the wheel.
To help keep those prom memories happy ones, AT&T is offering these tips:
▪ Take the pledge to NEVER drive distracted at www.itcanwait.com, and get your friends to do the same.
AT&T research shows pledging matters and makes a difference. According to the findings of a 2016 survey, almost half of people who pledged said they now don’t use their smartphones while driving. Those who share their promise or pledge with others are even more likely to stop, and more likely to speak up to others.
▪ Use #TagYourHalf on social media to pressure your friends to never drive distracted.
New AT&T research shows 57 percent of drivers would stop using their phones behind the wheel if pressured by a friend. The #TagYourHalf social media campaign encourages you to tag your better half, your BFF — the one person you can’t live without — encouraging them to stop driving distracted. Also, a teen survey conducted by AT&T also revealed 90 percent of teens say they would stop texting while driving if a friend in the car asked them to.
▪ Download a free app, such as DriveMode, to help curb the urge to text and drive.
AT&T DriveMode is available to customers of all wireless carriers for iPhone and Android users. It can silence incoming alerts and phone calls so you stay focused while driving. Its auto mode feature automatically turns on the app when you reach 15 MPH and turns it off after you stop. If you’re an AT&T customer, the app can automatically respond to texts on your behalf letting the person know you’re behind the wheel and will get back with them when you reach your destination.
AT&T started the It Can Wait campaign against distracted driving in 2010. Since then, people have made more than 15 million pledges to not drive distracted. The campaign has also resulted in 13 million downloads of the AT&T DriveMode app.
Carmen Caldwell is executive director of Citizens’ Crime Watch of Miami-Dade. Send feedback and news for this column to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call her at 305-470-1670.